Confession: I pee a lot these days. A lot. Like, an average of 15 – 20 times per day.
Most of us know that the daily recommended water intake is eight, 8-ounce glasses, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. It’s especially hard if your all about dat juice, bout dat juice OR diet soda. I recently read an article that talked about some killer benefits of drinking 96 ounces of water per day. After learning the amazing things that water can do for your body, skin, hair and mood, I was convinced that my daily water intake needed to skyrocket.
Before my 96-ounce water challenge, I was averaging around 32 ounces of water per day. I would fill up my Nalgene (fancy little water bottle) in the morning and finish it by the end of the day, thinking my hydration needs were being met. I was wrong. I’ve been on this water journey for a bit over a week now and I’m already starting to notice some great benefits. First, I’m eating noticeably less. Staying hydrated really helps me to determine whether or not I’m actually hungry or just thirsty. Second, my training runs are measurably better. I used to be plagued with leg cramps and side stitches during my runs. Now I can finish my daily mileage without incident.
I was wrong. I’ve been on this water journey for a bit over a week now and I’m already starting to notice some great benefits. First, I’m eating noticeably less. Staying hydrated really helps me to determine whether or not I’m actually hungry or just thirsty. Second, my training runs are measurably better. I used to be plagued with leg cramps and side stitches during my runs. Now I can finish my daily mileage without incident.
I’ve been on this water journey for a bit over a week now and I’m already starting to notice some great benefits. First, I’m eating noticeably less. Staying hydrated really helps me to determine whether or not I’m actually hungry or just thirsty. Second, my training runs are better. I used to be plagued with leg cramps and side stitches during my runs. Now I can finish my daily mileage without incident.
The downside of this challenge is always having to pee. Always. You will constantly need to pee throughout the day. If you don’t mind all the sideways glances from your coworkers when you head to the bathroom for the 7th time that morning, then you will have no problem adjusting your daily intake of H2O.
Think you might want to try the 96-ounce water challenge? Read on to learn about more of the benefits of upping your water game!
Water Jump Starts Your Metabolism
Drinking water can help burn fat and help you feel full so that you eat less, as well as boost your metabolism. We often confuse thirst with hunger, so next time you’re reaching for a snack, pour a glass of water instead.
A study at the University of Utah revealed that people who drink eight to 12 glasses of water every day have higher metabolic rates than people who drink four. This could be due to how the body works to “heat the fluid to your core temperature.” Cold water might be the way to go, so keep your bottles in the fridge or have ice cubes on hand.
Drinking water also helps avoid water retention and belly bloating. When you don’t have enough fluids, your body retains water to prevent dehydration. Add more water to your daily routine and experience a slimmer waistline.
It Hydrates Your Skin
Many other beverages are actually considered “liquid-drainers,” as opposed to water that essentially hydrates. Our skin is loaded with toxins that prevent it from healing properly and looking the way we want it to. Water works to get rid of these contaminants so that clear skin is achievable. (Note: I’m starting to notice a slight difference in my skin!)
Dehydration also causes premature aging, so unless you’re looking to layer on a few years, drinking a surplus of water could be the answer. Your skin will look fuller and healthier.
Water Boosts Your Mood
Water is known to give that extra energy lift that leads to a better mood. If you’re feeling tired and grumpy, the answer could be more water. Dehydration can put a damper on your mood. Researchers at The University of Connecticut discovered that dehydration could affect the areas of your brain that control your mood. And when you’re in a bad mood, you definitely don’t look or feel good. When you’re feeling proactive, you’re more likely to smile and glow.
A recent study showed that people who drank less water were more pessimistic and viewed tasks as more difficult. Allowing little things to affect your mood instantly sets yourself up for a bad day.
It Makes Your Hair Grow
We all want strong and healthy hair, and drinking water helps with exactly that. When your hair is hydrated and strong, it tends to grow a lot faster. When your hair is dry and dehydrated, it breaks a lot more, which prevents growth. Your hair is hydrated from the roots, which soak up the water. Additionally, water supports your cells and gives them the vitamins that assist in hair growth. And healthy hair goes with every outfit.
Most of us know hydration is important during exercise, and water has many benefits for our bodies internally. But as it turns out, it’s great for our exteriors as well. It’s vital to remember that water is important outside of the gym too, and it should be drank consistently throughout the day.
You’ve Got Options!
I understand that water isn’t the most exciting of drink options. I even know people that actually hate the taste of water – that’s ok! There are plenty of options to explore to get your H2O levels where you want them.
- Infuse water with fruit – This is one of my favorite techniques when I want to shake up the flavor of my water. Explore flavor combinations by adding different types of fruits and herbs together. Just add the fruit and herb combination you want to your water bottle and let sit for a few hours. The best part is that you’re favoring your water with healthy options! This post has a ton of great recipes – strawberry and basil? Um, YUM!
- Try a naturally flavored sparkling water – Any La Croix fans up in here? If any of you have gone on the Whole30 journey lately you’ve probably already jumped on the La Criox train, at least that’s how I was introduced to this carbonated can of magic. La Croix is naturally flavored sparkling water. The truly amazing thing the product, though is that it tastes just like the natural flavor of the fruit. It’s wonderful. 10/10 , would recommend.
Without it, the negative effects on your hair, skin, weight and attitude are noticeable. Pour yourself a glass and let the results speak for themselves.
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